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Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals

Hall of North American Mammals

For Educators

The Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals contains 43 magnificent dioramas that depict mammals across the continent in meticulously re-created landscapes. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educators Guide and Materials


More Resources For Educators

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Hall of North American Mammals Exhibition.



Moving Mammals

Walk, hop, gallop, swim, glide, burrow, and even swing from trees—these are just some of the ways the planet's 5,400 species of mammals move. See how fast, and slow, they can move.


Hands-on Activity

Super Teeth

What would it be like to bite like a saber-toothed cat? Or to gnaw like a beaver? Explore other mammals' teeth with this matching game and coloring book! 


Image Gallery

In Pictures: Extreme Mammals

From the extinct Cynognathus and Repenomamus to the plant-eating dugongs and manatees, explore some of Earth's most unusual mammals. 


Reference List

Mammal Booklist

From a journey through the basics of evolution to a look at mammal detectives to a re-creation of the world of prehistoric predators, these kid-friendly book and DVD titles bring to life the world of extreme mammals.



Tree of Life

Investigate circular and 3D cladograms to see how scientists keep track of species and their evolutionary relationships. 


Hands-on Activity

Mammal Flip Books

How do how gazelles jump straight up into the air from a standstill? And why do dolphins swim differently than fish? Create six fun flipbooks to explore how mammals move!

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